Lagocephalus lunaris, 5.2 cm SL
(photo by Seishi Kimura)

Lagocephalus lunaris
(Bloch and Schneider, 1801)
Rough Golden Puffers

D 12-13; A 11-12; P1 16-17.

A patch of spinules on back reaching to dorsal fin origin; side naked; belly covered with spinules. Nostrils with 2 openings. Caudal fin lunate. Color: body brownish gray dorsally, side and belly silvery white; dorsal half of caudal fin dusky yellow, ventral half whitish; dorsal and ventral tips of caudal fin white. Size: maximum to 35 cm. Distribution: tropical Indo-West Pacific, from East Africa to northern Australia. Remarks: body and viscera strongly toxic; frequently confused with other species of Lagocephalus, distinguishable from other species by having a spinule patch on back reaching to dorsal fin origin (vs. not reaching to dorsal fin origin in other species) and by caudal fin lunate.